PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Measure 26-218, which aimed to majorly expand transportation options and safety in the Portland metro area, failed to pass Tuesday night.
The measure, proposed by Metro, was called “Get Going 2020” by the agency.
According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, nearly 56.8% of voters in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties decided “no” on the measure.
Measure 26-218 hoped to raise more than $5 billion for its proposed 150 projects, which would have included a new MAX line, a bus network, and improvements to sidewalk and traffic safety.
The proposed tax would require companies within the tri-county area with 26 employees or more to pay up to .75 of their total payrolls.
Prior to Election Day, supporters of the measure said the payroll tax it would have introduced would have come from 9% of businesses in the Mero-serving area region.
However, opponents argued the tax would be put upon employees and the measure could drive businesses out of the area.
Metro released a statement on the measure’s defeat, acknowledging that voters had spoken but said it will keep transportation improvements as a high priority going forward.
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